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Poster: Chris U. Date: Feb 18, 2018 2:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Show in the History of the Dead, May 26, 1972

Well, like 2-14-68, this is a selection you can maybe disagree with ... but you can't *argue* about it. ;) It's just that good.

There's probably four or five other shows *from this damn tour* that I'd rank right up there with 5-26, including 5-23-72, which features a Dark Star->Morning Dew that, in this humble commenter's opinion, outshines the OtherOne->Dew from 5-26-72. Just in case the ego of anyone in the audience managed to survive the Dew, Jerry cleans up with a sublime Comes A Time just a couple songs later.

The Playin on 5-26 is truly remarkable. I love Jerry says off the wah pedal until the end of the jam and then just launches himself off into deep harmonic space. There's a peak moment and you think they're going to bring it down and get into the outro but Jerry rises again to squeeze just a few more seconds of pure LSD out of his guitar. Love the audience vibes after the song ends.

For my money, the other super huge highlights of 5-26 are the immortalized Truckin' outro, the magnificent He's Gone (right after the Playin) in which Bobby plays his guitar through that beautiful tremelo filter, and the Two Souls of Communion just *before* the Playin', the last and arguably finest version of Pig's haunting masterpiece. And the Dew isn't bad either. ;)


This post was modified by Chris U. on 2018-02-18 22:12:29

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Poster: billydlions Date: Feb 19, 2018 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Show in the History of the Dead, May 26, 1972

Other One>Comes a Time from 4-26-72 is a thing of beauty almost unmatched by anything I've ever heard so that one gets my vote as best show from Europe '72.